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Earlham College announces senior leadership roles in enrollment management, student life

April 15, 2020

Earlham College President Anne Houtman has announced senior leadership appointments in the enrollment management and student life divisions.

David Hawsey has been named vice president for enrollment management and Bonita Washington-Lacey is now vice president for student life and registrar. Both were serving in interim roles since fall 2019.

“David and Bonita have been wonderful additions to the Cabinet,” Houtman said. “David’s depth and breadth of leadership experience in enrollment management, particularly at values-based private liberal arts colleges like us, is a real asset. Bonita’s care, leadership and thoughtful advocacy for students is especially important during these unprecedented times as we navigate the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“Both David and Bonita demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and a deep appreciation for Earlham’s mission,” Houtman notes.

David HawseyHawsey has more than 30 years of experience in enrollment, institutional advancement, marketing and athletics. Prior to Earlham, he served in senior leadership roles at Rockford University, MacMurray College, Gardner-Webb University, Emory & Henry College, Albion College, Penn State University, Juniata College, Pacific Lutheran University, and Drexel University.

He also was one of the founders of College Confidential, a company that was designed to answer questions about the college admissions process.

Hawsey earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and an M.B.A. in marketing management from Drexel University.

Bonita Washington-LaceyWashington-Lacey has worked at Earlham since 1979 and is one of Earlham’s key liaisons to the Richmond community. She was previously the senior associate vice president for academic affairs and director of accreditation activities, the associate dean of student development, associate dean of multicultural affairs, and associate dean of admissions.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in human development and social relations in 1978 from Earlham College and the Master of Arts in Religion from Earlham School of Religion in 1986.

Washington-Lacey is a member of Reid Health Board of Directors, the chair of Reid’s Board Leadership Committee, and a member of that board’s executive committee. She is the former secretary of the Health Literacy Foundation, and is a former member of the Wayne County Foundation Board of Directors, the YWCA, Mental Health Association of Wayne County, United Way of Whitewater Valley, Community Action of East Central Indiana, advisory committee for Head Start, and the Police Department Merit Board.

She was a finalist for the ATHENA Leadership Award in 2017, which is presented to an individual in Wayne County based on professional excellence, community service and efforts to actively assist women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. The award is an initiative of Indiana University East and Wayne Bank.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a College That Changes Lives. We aspire to provide the highest quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences. We expect our students to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success.

Princeton Review ranks Earlham in the Top 20 nationally for Best Classroom Experience, and U.S. News & World Report recognizes the College as one of 55 institutions taking pioneering approaches to serving students, and ranks EC 7th for the percentage of international students on campus, 25th for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” and 34th for “Best Value.”

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.


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